Chapter 1

The Big Picture of Virtual Teams

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Acknowledging the rise of virtual teams

check Defining virtual teams

check Weighing the pros and cons of going virtual

check Considering going virtual as a career move

check Putting together a virtual team

check Leading a virtual team

Companies around the world are currently experiencing one of the greatest shifts in how work gets done around the world. It impacts the way people connect, the way teams communicate, the way leaders build relationships, and the way organizations accomplish results. It can be a positive change for people, the planet, and company profits if approached mindfully and designed to embrace technology, prioritize communication and relationships, and support a strong appreciation of culture and diversity. This transformation is the rise of the virtual team.

In the global marketplace, people can work practically anywhere and anytime. ...

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